Johnny Scott Keeps USMTS Fire Burning In Fergus Falls

Johnny Scott doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. A steady diet of top-five finishes propelled Scott to the top of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings prior to the summer break, but six victories in his last thirteen starts—including a wire-to-wire win in Friday’s feature at the I-94 Speedway—has put the 28-year-old New Mexico native in prime position to collect his first USMTS national title.

In Friday night’s 40-lap nightcap at the Fergus Falls, Minn., speedplant, Scott got the jump on polesitter Dan Ebert to start the race and then survived four cautions and pressure from Ebert to score a $3,425 payday. While the top two remained that way the entire distance, many others in the 24-car starting field did not. Brady Gerdes made the most of his Real Racing Wheels “B” Main win by charging from 14th on the grid to a third-place finish beneath USMTS starter Ryne Staley’s double checkered flags.

Lucas Schott started and finished fourth and Rodney Sanders slipped from third to finish fifth, but Stormy Scott followed Gerdes through the pack to place sixth after rolling off from the 16th starting spot. Terry Phillips, Jake Timm, Ryan Gustin and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top ten.

The win was Johnny Scott’s first in five tries at the I-94 Speedway, but his series-best ninth overall triumph this season and 39th of his career. Two of his wins during the 2018 campaign came in the Summit USMTS Southern Series season opener back in February where he is also the points leader with just the inaugural Summit Southern Nationals in November to decide that title.

With a record $50,000 to win the USMTS national championship and $10,000 up for grabs to the Summit USMTS Southern Series champ, Johnny Scott is in the driver’s seat to sit at the head table during the USMTS awards banquet in January.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit
4th Annual Casey’s General Stores Summersota Nationals
I-94 Speedway, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., 2. (1) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., 3. (6) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn., 4. (9) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 5. (2) 01 Brandon Aggen, Rushmore, Minn., 6. (7) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., 7. (5) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 8. (4) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn., 9. (8) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., 2. (2) 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn., 3. (5) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 4. (7) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 5. (3) 5x Dan Pederson, Underwood, Minn., 6. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 7. (9) 88 Randy Klein (R), Lisbon, N.D., 8. (4) 5 Luke Lick, Rosholt, S.D., 9. (8) 24 Brandon Dolman, Alexandria, Minn.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 2. (1) 10 Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 3. (2) 53 Chris Mensen, Carlos, Minn., 4. (5) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 5. (7) 2x Brady Gerdes, Villard, Minn., 6. (6) 1tpo Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., 7. (8) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 8. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas., 2. (1) 5x Scot Danzeisen, Herman, Minn., 3. (2) 1b Jason Blascyk, Kensington, Minn., 4. (5) 6t Corky Thomas, Glyndon, Minn., 5. (8) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif., 6. (7) 36 Danny Bayer, Elrosa, Minn., 7. (6) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 8. (4) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 53 Chris Mensen, Carlos, Minn., 2. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 3. (2) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 4. (8) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 5. (9) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn., 6. (10) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 7. (3) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, $125., 8. (4) 01 Brandon Aggen, Rushmore, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, $75., 9. (7) 88 Randy Klein (R), Lisbon, N.D., MBCustoms/Tim’s, $90., 10. (5) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., MBCustoms/Sput’s, $75., 11. (11) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (3) 2x Brady Gerdes, Villard, Minn., 2. (7) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 3. (6) 1tpo Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., 4. (10) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn., 5. (2) 6t Corky Thomas, Glyndon, Minn., 6. (9) 5 Luke Lick, Rosholt, S.D., GRT/CNC, $75., 7. (8) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/ChevPerf, $200., 8. (5) 36 Danny Bayer, Elrosa, Minn., SSR/Scott’s, $75., 9. (4) 5x Dan Pederson, Underwood, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, $75., 10. (1) 1b Jason Blascyk, Kensington, Minn., GRT/Sower, $75.,11. (11) 24 Brandon Dolman, Alexandria, Minn., SSR/Adams, $75.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (2) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Hill, 40, $3425.,2. (1) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn., Millennium/Ebert, 40, $1500., 3. (14) 2x Brady Gerdes, Villard, Minn., SSR/Sput’s, 40, $1100., 4. (4) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $1300., 5. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $1075., 6. (16) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 40, $970., 7. (10) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $865., 8. (6) 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn., MBCustoms/Sput’s, 40, $450., 9. (11) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $425., 10. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $760., 11. (18) 1tpo Tyler Peterson, Hickson, N.D., BlackWidow/ProPower, 40, $375., 12. (12) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 40, $705., 13. (21) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn., MasterSbilt/Mullins, 40, $250., 14. (19) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/PerfAuto, 40, $300., 15. (24) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 40, $625., 16. (17) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, 40, $275., 17. (15) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $525., 18. (23) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 37, $620., 19. (22) 6t Corky Thomas, Glyndon, Minn., Hughes/G-Force, 31, $225., 20. (20) 2j Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn., Hughes/Sturdy, 26, $225., 21. (5) 10 Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., VanderBuilt/Durham, 25, $275., 22. (9) 5x Scot Danzeisen, Herman, Minn., Danzeisen/Danzeisen, 17, $225., 23. (13) 53 Chris Mensen, Carlos, Minn., GRT/Saurer, 13, $225.,m24. (8) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., Hughes/Sput’s, 6, $275.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leader: J. Scott 1-40.

Total Laps Led: J. Scott 40.

Margin of Victory: 1.079 seconds.

Time of Race: 21 minutes, 32.938 seconds (4 cautions).

Provisional Starters: O’Neil, Kates.

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